Chandrababu Sets April 2 For Cabinet Reshuffle

TDP’s 2019 election cabinet to be led by Lokesh

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had finally zeroed in on having his Cabinet reshuffle on April 2. Though it was initially planned to have the reshuffle either on April 6 or 9, Chandrababu Naidu had finally advanced the date and fixed it for April 2. The new Ministers would take oath in the new Assembly complex area at Velagapudi with Governor E S L Narasimhan flying down from Hyderabad.

Chandrababu Naidu’s son and TDP’s national general secretary Nara Lokesh, who was elected as MLC recently and tipped for a Cabinet Minister is set to be projected as the leader of the Cabinet that would take the TDP for the 2019 general elections. Sources in the TDP say that Lokesh would have an important portfolio that would give him a chance to have control over both the rural and urban populations.

The other sure member to enter the Cabinet is Bhuma Akhila Priya, who had defected to the TDP from YSR Congress along with her father late Bhuma Nagi Reddy. Besides the defectors, another sure name to enter the cabinet is the president of the TDP in the State, K Kalavenkata Rao.

The possible names that would be shown the exit door included that of K Mrinalini, Peethala Sujatha, Ravela Kishore Babu, Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy and Kollu Ravindra. Rumors are also doing rounds about the change of deputy chief minister N Chinarajappa who is tipped for the party’s AP unit president in the place of Kalavenkata Rao. Similarly, Minister for Urban Development P Narayana is also said to be dropped from the Cabinet and would be made chairman of the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), which is now headed by Chief Minister himself.

Besides inclusions and deletions, the Chief Minister is planning to make changes to the portfolios of some of the Ministers with whose performance he is not happy.

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